Could we have data centres as a commodity?

For those working in the fast moving world of cloud computing it is easy to take the view that the choice of data centre is irrelevant; that although it is an essential piece of the jigsaw, one data centre is just the same as another when compared to the complexities of differing IaaS and SaaS platforms.

On this basis it is assumed that all the value in the IT chain will migrate to the cloud providers leaving data centres to earn meagre commodity margins.

The data centre however is a very long way from being...

By Nick Razey, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Vendors.

Thames flooding flushes out flawed thinking on London data centre location

Time and tide wait for no one. Wise words and all the more so amid the recent flooding experienced up and down the country with even the Thames bursting its banks just a few miles short of central London.  

If it wasn’t for the Thames Barrier who knows what might have happened? It’s sobering that a fifth of all the 30 year old barrier’s closures took place in the first two months of 2014. Not surprisingly this has sparked fresh calls for the building of a new one should the current one...

By Nick Razey, 28 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, PublicSector, Scalability, Storage.

Demand for data sovereignty puts home grown data centres in the spotlight

The continuing revelations by former US National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden about the extent of data surveillance are rumbling like thunder around the cloud computing industry.

This is likely to be more than just a passing storm in a tea cup as there could be lasting repercussions on where cloud users and providers store their data.

Companies, governments and the European Parliament are starting to take a long hard look at the whole issue of data sovereignty which may well trigger a rush for...

By Simon Taylor, 11 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Europe, Security.

Why Big Trust is Big Data’s missing DNA

Mark Little, Principal Analyst, Consumer

In the rush to monetize customer data, companies risk diminishing the trust people have in services and brands. Sustaining and growing people’s trust in services is not just about “doing the right thing,” but also makes commercial sense. Telcos and OTT players have worked to establish a satisfactory level of trust with their customers, but as Big Data creates new opportunities for monetizing customer data, even a little more aggression in its...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

In-memory stepping up to big and fast data analytic crunch

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Interest in in-memory computing platforms is rising. Until now, the primary driver has been the “need for speed,” helping companies to process relatively modest data sets more quickly.

Both traditional and newer in-memory vendors are looking to scale-up these capabilities with innovative platforms that promise to meet the increasing demand for more accelerated, operationally driven analytics against Big Data residing in Hadoop...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Box buys dLoop to intelligently secure cloud content

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Box hopes to give subscribers greater analytic insights into, and control over, the content stored in its cloud service following its acquisition of privately held dLoop for an undisclosed sum. This is a move that Ovum has been predicting for some time, and will make Box more attractive to the enterprise customers who are becoming increasingly interested in online storage and collaboration services like Box, but who also put a sharp focus on...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Trends.

IBM’s data discovery initiatives culminate in Project Neo

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management

At its recent Software Analyst Insights summit in Stamford, Connecticut, IBM gave analysts an in-depth look at the products and underlying strategy of its extensive business analytics (BA) portfolio. A product that caught Ovum’s eye is IBM’s recently announced visual data discovery tool, codenamed “Project Neo.” The solution is the result of IBM Labs coalescing some of the company’s latest in-memory database,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Virtualisation.

SAP and SAS partner for fast big data in-memory analytics

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information ManagementSAP and SAS announced a new partnership to create a joint product roadmap for in-memory analytics solutions. The aim is to make SAS’s advanced analytics software run smoothly on SAP’s HANA in-memory platform, helping joint customers run bigger, more complex, and faster analysis workloads. The combination of technologies is potentially compelling for customers looking to mine intelligence out of Big Data. However, depending on which...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Industry.